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Falcon Roundup: Women skaters sweep Point

UW-River Falls sophomore Kora Torkelson (20) tries to stuff a rebound past UW-Stevens Point goalie Olivia Schultz in the first period of the Falcon women's hockey game against the Pointers Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hunt Arena.Torkelson scored two goals in the Falcons' 8-1 win. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The fifth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team outscored UW-Stevens Point 15-1 to sweep a two-game series from the Pointers Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, at Hunt Arena.

UWRF blanked UWSP 7-0 Friday night for its third straight shutout before rolling to an 8-1 victory Saturday afternoon. The Falcons, now 17-2-0 overall, 5-0 and in first place in the WIAC, will play a home-and-home series against UW-Superior (7-13-1, 0-5-1) this weekend. They visit Superior Friday, Jan. 25 before hosting the Yellowjackets Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

Last Friday night Abigail Stow scored a pair of goals and UWRF outshot UWSP 55-8 in a 7-0 victory.

Jamie Bird, Callie Hoff and Alyson Niebur contributed a goal and assist each and Hailey Herdine and Jessica Bird had a goal apiece while Sami Miller stopped all eight shots she faced.

Saturday afternoon Kora Torkelson started and ended the scoring, including the last of five third period goals, in an 8-1 Falcon win.

Torkelson, Hoff and Erin Olson gave UWRF a 3-0 lead after two before the Falcons blew the game open in the third period with goals from Kathryn Larson, Reilly Springman, Jessica Bird and Torkelson.

Miller stopped all 14 shots she faced in just over 47 minutes of action and Leighton Rockensock made two saves in the final 13 minutes as the Falcons outshot the Pointers 49-17.

Men's hockey loses twice

The Falcon men's hockey team gave third-ranked UW-Eau Claire all it could handle in a 5-4 loss to the Blugolds Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Eau Claire before dropping a 6-2 decision to UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hunt Arena.

UWRF scored three power play goals against the Blugolds, taking a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Peter Karavos and Cayden Cahill with a Blugold in the box.

Eau Claire got a power play goal of its own midway through the second period before Aussie Miller scored on a Falcon power play to make it a 3-1 game.

UWRF led 3-2 after two and 4-3 after Mike Sauer's goal with 5:25 remaining but the Blugolds scored the final two goals, including the game-winner on a power play with 34 seconds remaining, to avoid the upset.

Falcon goalie Joe Marcouiller finished with 52 saves as UWEC outshot UWRF 57-17.

Saturday at home against Stevens Point, the Pointers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before goals by Karavos and Miller with under eight minutes remaining made the final 6-2. Zach Quinn made 28 saves as the Pointers outshot the Falcons 34-15.

UWRF, now 8-8-3 overall, 0-3-1 in WIAC play, will host Hamline University in a nonconference game Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:05 p.m.

Men's hoops get first WIAC win

The Falcons men's basketball team held on for a two-point win over UW-Stout Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Page Arena but couldn't do the same in a two-point loss to 23rd-ranked UW-Whitewater at home Saturday, Jan. 19.

The Falcons had a 21-point first-half lead over the Blue Devils before Stout whittled it to seven, 34-27, at the break. Stout pulled to within one, 68-67, with 1:36 remaining when a Jack Stensgard three-pointer made it a four-point game at the 1:20 mark. The Blue Devils got a layup with 1:10 left to cut the lead to two and UWRF missed three shots in the final minute before a Blue Devil three-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark, giving UWRF its first WIAC win of the season.

Stensgard finished with 13 points in the victory and Austin Heidecker had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Jalen Greenlee and Julian Jackson scored 12 points each.

Saturday against Whitewater, Stensgard scored all 13 of his points in the first half to help the Falcons build a 44-37 lead but the Warhawks took the lead for good with 2:32 remaining and held on for the two-point win.

Jackson finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds in the loss and Ross Ingersoll came off the bench to score 16 points while Heidecker had 14.

UWRF, now 8-9 overall, 1-5 in WIAC play, will visit UW-La Crosse Wednesday, Jan. 23 before hosting fourth-ranked UW-Oshkosh Saturday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m.

Women's basketball drops pair

The Falcon women's basketball team fell to 1-5 in WIAC play with a pair of double-digit road losses at UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater last week.

UWRF lost at Stout 76-64 Wednesday, Jan. 16, before being routed by Whitewater, 62-34, Saturday, Jan. 19.

The Falcons, now 7-10 overall, will host No. 23 ranked UW-La Crosse Wednesday, Jan. 23, before traveling to 12th-ranked UW-Oshkosh Saturday, Jan. 26.

Crystal Pearson had 18 points and nine rebounds last Wednesday at Stout and Jenna Zeman and Lori Wardynski finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively, but UWRF couldn't overcome a 44-26 halftime hole.

Saturday at Whitewater th Warhawks doubled up the Falcons in the first quarter and held UWRF to single digits in the third and fourth on their way to a 28-point victory. Brianna Leahy's six points was high for UWRF.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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